. the materials and financials gained 0.08%. the energy sector was up 0.07%. technology was the big drag, thanks once again to apple. over the past week apple has gone from almost $600 per share to $533, down about 9%. with the sell-off apple is about $8 above its most recent low from mid-november. there are several theories behind apple's stock drop: profit taking, disappointment over no special dividend, and more fundamental concerns about its business growth. two other big techs under some pressure today. microsoft fell 1%. it's just pennies ove its low for the year. cisco systems fell 0.07%. the firm repeated today its previous earnings growth forecast. big banks were on the upswing with the further improvement in the job market, and ahead of next week's federal reserve meeting as expectations build for more economic help. j.p. morgan jumped 2.6%, it's highest price since early november. bank of america added another 1.8% to an 18 month high. a big global energy deal is one step closer tonight. late today canada okayed the buyout of nexen energy by chinese energy giant c-nooc. this is a $15.